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Brussels Airport Updates on Preparations, Will Not Open Before Tuesday 29 March

Brussels Airport has once again extended its date for reopening stating it will be no sooner than Tuesday the 29 of March. The airport administration also updated on its process of damage assessment.

Late Friday, the airport got clearance for a limited group of engineers to enter the building to conduct inspections.

“A limited team of engineers and technicians of Brussels Airport Company will be given access to the terminal building which was the scene of two terrorist bomb attacks on Tuesday,” the airport states. “The team will examine the stability of the building, check the functioning of the information technology systems, assess the material damage and determine the process to renovate the terminal.”

Late Saturday, the airport reported that the team of engineers, technicians and independent experts who inspected the facilities had concluded their investigations, finding both the main building and the Connector building were stable and that the facilities could be used.

Brussels Airport said it will now review options to install temporary check-in desks.

“The ideal location still needs to be identified and its practical organisation needs to be studied in collaboration with airlines and luggage handlers,” the airport added.

The airport also updated on status of reclaim of passenger luggage and vehicles. Out of 6,000 cars left at the airport’s parking facilities 4,000 were collected by their owners. All luggage from piers A and B have been transferred to building 722 at Brucargo, parts of the luggage hall were cleared on Saturday, and work on the baggage reclaim area will begin on Sunday.

The security perimeter around the airport remains in place with access limited to authorised staff and stringent checks in place for anyone trying to enter the airport.

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